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Innovation capabilities of the six EU candidate countries: comparative data based analysis

Funded under: FP5-INNOVATION-SME


This report presents analysis of basic comparative data related to six candidate countries for the EU accession, a group, which includes five central and eastern European economies (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia) plus Cyprus. The aim of the report is to analyze the innovation capability of six candidate countries, factors that affect it, and compare both to those of the EU economies.
Analysis is based on quantitative indicators and complements qualitative in-depth analysis of innovation issues of individual candidate countries (CCs) undertaken in other reports of this study. In addition, the CC innovation scoreboard, which is comparable to the EU Innovation Scoreboard, is constructed. The indicators in this report are organized along several groups, which form the basis of Innovation Scoreboard. However, the analysis and data used go beyond the scoreboard categories. The groups are:
- Markets and output (GDP and productivity, macroeconomic conditions, energy efficiency of output, degree of internationalization);
- Human resources (structure of qualifications and structural features of employment based on economically active population data);
- Knowledge creation and investment in broad sense (research output - patents and scientific papers; investment - tangible, intangible, innovation finance);
- Transmission and application of knowledge (information and telecommunication infrastructure; innovation and inventive activities).

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